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Book: Roger Ailes Ordered Geraldo’s Mic Cut During Debate, Fox News Disputes

Update: Fox is disputing the account, apparently Bill Shine–not Roger Ailes–called the control room and told them to end the segment, because it was getting too long and divisive. More information from Mediaite and below.

Original: An excerpt in the New York Times from a new book by Jonathan Alter on the 2012 Presidential election features quite the tale about Fox News, and CEO Roger Ailes.

The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies, recalls one day last November when Geraldo Rivera was on “Fox & Friends” to talk about Benghazi. While the three hosts were very critical of the administration, Rivera defended it.

“After the argument continued for several minutes, Ailes called the control room and told the producers to cut Rivera’s mic,” Mr. Alter writes.

It is a bold statement, although Alter does not explain the source of the story. A video of the segment (h/t Johnny $) has been on the Fox News site since it happened, and does not appear to show a mic getting cut.

All in all, it was a seven minute segment, which in the world of cable news is an eternity. It is possible that a call was made, although it certainly did not appear to manifest itself onscreen. Update: the full video has a moment that sounds like Rivera’s mic may have been cut, though he insists that it was not. Judge for yourself.

Mediaite’s Andrew Kirell has more details on the incident, which seem to be more plausible than the one out forth by the book.

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Tucker Carlson Hired As ‘Fox & Friends Weekend’ Co-Host

Fox News Channel has named Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson the co-host of the weekend edition of “Fox & Friends,” the network says. He will make his “Fox & Friends” debut Saturday April 6

“We’ve been impressed with Tucker’s lively and thought-provoking appearances on our air and are pleased that he is joining the FOX & Friends Weekend team where his vibrant personality will be a great addition to the show,” says FNC executive  VP of programming Bill Shine in a statement.

In his new role Carlson will serve alongside current co-hosts Alisyn Camerota and Clayton Morris, and will also remain a Fox News contributor, appearing on various programs for the channel. He has been a regular fill-in host on the program since the departure of Dave Briggs.

Carlson is a cable news veteran, having served as a host on both CNN and MSNBC.

Carlson told MediabistroTV in 2011 that “live TV is like crack”:
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Herman Cain Joins Fox News as Contributor

Fox News Channel has hired former Republican presidential candidate and Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain as a contributor. Cain will provide political and business analysis and commentary across FNC’s daytime and primetime programming, as well as on Fox Business Network.

“Cain’s impressive resume makes him a valuable addition to the FOX News and FOX Business lineup,” said EVP Bill Shine. “As a political expert with business savvy, he brings an important voice to the nation’s debates.”

FNC announced earlier this week that former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown was joining on as a contributor. Last month, the network cut ties with onetime GOP VP nominee Sarah Palin.

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Former Senator Scott Brown Joins Fox News

Former Republican senator Scott Brown is joining Fox News as a contributor.

“Senator Brown’s dedication to out-of-the box thinking on key issues makes him an important voice in the country and we are looking forward to his contributions across all FOX News platforms,” executive vice president of programming Bill Shine said in a statement.

Brown represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate from 2010-12. He said he is “looking forward to commenting on the issues of the day and challenging our elected officials to put our country’s needs first instead of their own partisan interests.”

Brown will make his debut tonight on “Hannity.”


Fox News, Sarah Palin Part Ways

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and Fox News have gone their separate ways. The news was first reported by Real Clear Politics and confirmed by the New York TimesBrian Stelter:

A Fox spokeswoman confirmed Friday that Fox had parted ways with the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee, effectively reducing her exposure to the channel’s millions of loyal viewers.

It was unclear whether the parting was Ms. Palin’s choice. Bill Shine, an executive vice president at Fox, said in a statement, “We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

As of last week, Ms. Palin remained in negotiations with Fox News about a new contract. Her original contract with the network started in January 2010 and ended this month.

Sarah Palin: ‘I’m Sorry Fox Cancelled All My Scheduled Interviews,’ Fox: ‘Our Plans Changed’

Fox News contributor and former VP candidate Sarah Palin took to Facebook to complain that her slated interviews on FNC were canceled today.

“I’m sorry Fox cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight because I sure wanted to take the opportunity on the air to highlight Senator John McCain’s positive contributions to America, to honor him, and to reflect on what a biased media unfairly put him through four years ago tonight,” Palin wrote in a Facebook post.

Fox News responded in a statement from executive VP of programming Bill Shine:

“Our plans changed based on the fact that the RNC condensed the schedule of speeches from four nights to three,” Shine said. “We look forward to having Governor Palin back as soon as we can.”

Palin and FNC have not always seen eye to eye. On primary day in Alaska earlier this year, Palin gave an impromptu interview to a CNN reporter that was camped out in Wasilla.

Tonight, after her post, CNN anchor Piers Morgan tweeted:


Fox & Friends: ‘A high-decibel megaphone pointing directly at the Republican base’

The New York TimesJeremy Peters profiles “Fox & Friends,” the FNC morning show that found itself in hot water a few weeks ago after it ran a piece deeply critical of President Obama. Peters reveals that the White House actually called Fox News about the piece, something that rarely happens these days, despite the occasionally rough history between the two.

The two sides have managed a sort of détente lately. And after the White House raised objections to the Obama video, the network removed it from its Web site. (In an angry phone call, the White House press secretary, Jay Carney, told the network’s executive vice president for news, Michael Clemente, that even by “Fox & Friends” standards the video crossed the line, according to two Democrats who weren’t authorized to speak of the private conversation.) The news division at Fox has long tried to avoid having its reporters appear on the show whenever possible.

“Do we make mistakes? Absolutely,” said Bill Shine, executive vice president for programming at Fox News. “And when we make them we try to fix them, apologize for them, get out in front of them.”

Peters also speaks to someone who has remained out of the limelight for a while, but used to be a regular on the program: former Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY).
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‘Fox & Friends’ AP To Keep His Job

Chris White, the associate producer who assembled a 4-minute long video highly critical of the Obama administration for “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning, will keep his job at Fox News.

White, who has worked at Fox News for several years, was telling friends and colleagues about a job offer he’d received from CNN, but which was reportedly rescinded after the blow-up over the video.

“Chris White will remain employed with FOX News,” says Bill Shine, Fox News EVP of programming. “We’ve addressed the video with the producers and are not going to discuss the internal workings of our programming any further.”

Wednesday afternoon, following a barrage of criticism that Fox was allowing such politically one-sided material on air, Shine said the video “was not authorized at the senior executive level of the network,” and added the incident “has been addressed with the show’s producers.”

If you missed it the first (or second) time on “Fox & Friends,” here’s the video that started it all:

CNN Drops Offer to Fox News AP Who Produced Anti-Obama Video

CNN has rescinded its job offer to a “Fox & Friends” associate producer who assembled a widely-criticized anti-Obama video, the New York Times is reporting.

The associate producer, Chris White, was identified and congratulated at the conclusion of the highly-produced piece, which aired twice yesterday morning on “Fox & Friends.” Yesterday afternoon, Fox News EVP of programming Bill Shine said the package “was not authorized at the senior executive level of the network.”

Sources told TVNewser yesterday that White had an outstanding job offer from CNN. His future at Fox News is unclear.

Fox News Exec. Blames Associate Producer for Anti-Obama Video

A Fox News executive says the four-minute story heavily critical of Pres. Obama which aired on “Fox & Friends” this morning was the work of an associate producer, and “was not authorized at the senior executive level of the network.” EVP of programming Bill Shine adds the incident “has been addressed with the show’s producers.”

The video — with soundbites, graphics and news clips all set to ominous music — has been pulled from and Fox Nation, and wherever it was embedded, including here on TVNewser. We’ve embedded a YouTube version below

“Fox & Friends” hosts Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade all congratulated Chris White, the AP who assembled the story. “Chris White, great job putting that together,” said Kilmeade. “No kidding. He remembered everything, everybody said over the last 3 1/2, four years,” added Doocy. “Took a tremendous amount of research,” said Carlson. “Good job, Chris.”

Painstaking research, to be sure. But the premise of the piece is not sitting well with bosses especially after the the uproar that occurred following the airing.

TVNewser also hears White may not be with Fox News much longer, not because he’s being let go over the incident, but because he has an offer on the table from CNN, according to three sources in the know.